Mosquito, tick control ramped up as pest season begins

Suffolk County is looking for ways to combat summer pests like mosquitoes and ticks more effectively this summer. The county won a battle with the state Department of Environmental Conservation that

News 12 Staff

Jun 6, 2008, 1:06 AM

Updated 5,891 days ago

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Suffolk County is looking for ways to combat summer pests like mosquitoes and ticks more effectively this summer.
The county won a battle with the state Department of Environmental Conservation that allows it to spray mosquito larvicide Methoprene on state wetlands, as it does in other parts of the county.
Critics contend the chemical does damage to the environment. Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister says fisherman have reported spikes in dead crabs after Methoprene is sprayed.
Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. Humayun Chaudhry says the amount of the chemical used is so minimal, that as long as guidelines are followed, the spraying should not pose a danger.
The county is also involved in an experimental program aimed at lowering the tick population. The idea is to attract deer to stations that are set up with paint rollers laced with tickicide. The deer are lured by corn, which they then feed on and their heads push against the roller.
Fifty-three stations are set up on Shelter Island and several can be found on Fire Island. Data will be evaluated over the next few years to see if the stations help lower the tick population.
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